Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Chemistry

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, xiv, 94 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Marina A. Petrukhina

Committee Members

Marina A. Petrukhina, Paul J. Toscano


Alkaline earth metals, Barium, Main group elements, organometallic chemistry, Pi complexes, X-ray crystallography, Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, Ligands, Organometallic compounds, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Organometallic Compounds, Metals, Alkaline Earth, organometallic compound

Subject Categories

Inorganic Chemistry


The chemistry of the alkaline earth metals has received a renewed interest in the last decades. The lighter Group 2 metal, magnesium, has gathered the most attention, as it is a key component of Grignard reagents, while the heavier metals have been less studied. The early alkaline earth metals are known to exhibit some similarity with both the alkali and lanthanide metals in π-complexation reactions with planar aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). However, the products of heavier Group 2 elements such as strontium and barium were found to be more difficult to synthesize and isolate, thus requiring the development of new synthetic approaches. The history of the Group 2 organometallic compounds, especially those of the heavy congeners calcium, strontium, and barium, is discussed in Chapter 1 with a few key applications.